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HILLSVILLE — The Lambsburg emergency caused by thousands of gallons of acid used by a former business on Old Pipers Gap Road is all over — except for the billing.
Carroll County officials declared an emergency Oct. 5 as a crew brought in by the Environmental Protection Agency finished an assessment and started to rid the site of hazardous materials at a facility that used the acid to take apart old equipment to retrieve gold.
County Administrator Gary Larrowe lifted the local emergency as of Oct. 29, after the cleanup crew off-loaded close to 18,000 gallons of acid from leaky drums in six box trailers and excavated the main area where processing took place, which also resolved slightly elevated levels of lead found in testing.
The cleanup crew has left the site.
Agencies working on the cleanup at 496 Old Pipers Gap Road, including the EPA and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, "have determined the immediate hazard is contained and has been removed from the property," according to a notice from Larrowe.
The county administrator indicated Carroll officials' appreciation for the EPA in responding quickly to the hazardous materials report and covering costs for the operation with its own funds. But the repercussions don't end here.
"Carroll County requests the EPA and other state and federal agencies to fully pursue the responsible parties involved in the 496 Old Pipers Gap incident, using all avenues possible to recover the hazardous materials removal cost expended by the EPA," the notice said.
Land owner Jim Dixon has identified the former business operator as Gary Parsons. Parsons is said to be suffering from advanced stages of cancer.
And Carroll officials continue to be concerned for the health and safety of citizens from long term effects of the materials, but Larrowe noted the EPA's finding about contamination of ground water was negative.
"Drinking water test results have been negative for hazardous levels of contaminants for the wells tested on the site..."
As the Carroll superviors gave Larrowe authority to terminate the emergency status at the Oct. 13 meeting, the county administrator has done so based on input of the agencies involved.
EPA officials took nine soil samples from different locations on the site, as well as six well-water samples.
They evaluated these samples for volatile organic compounds, semi-volatile organic compounds, pesticides, poly-chlorinated biphenyls, metals and cyanide.
Plans for this location call for it to become the home of Truth to New Life Church to hold worship and community programs.